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The Cosplay Book

The Cosplay Book

The Cosplay Book

"In The Cosplay Book, we dive into the fascinating world of costumes and role play, from the hobby’s origins in the early days of fandom conventions to its breakout success with the advent of the Internet. We’ll also answer your burning cosplay questions and shine a light on some of the premier cosplayers from across the globe. Featuring: The origins of cosplay and the fantasy of role play - Find out how cosplay grew into the global phenomenon it is today. 11 cosplay questions you were too afraid to ask - The most common cosplay questions are answered by experts. Comic book capers & sci-fi fantasies - A showcase of some of the most popular and recognisable cosplay characters around. Creative cosplay & original designs - Explore the artistry behind these awesome original outfits."

País:
United Kingdom
Idioma:
English
Editor:
Future Publishing Ltd
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1 min.
welcome to the cosplay book

There's no denying it: cosplay is a phenomenon – capturing the imagination of millions around the world. In The Cosplay Book we dive into this fascinating world of costumes and role play, from the hobby’s origins in the early days of fandom conventions to its breakout success with the advent of the Internet. We'll also answer your burning cosplay questions and shine a light on some of the premier cosplayers from across the globe. With amazing photos spanning genres including sci-fi, fantasy, video games, anime and pop culture, not to mention some stunning original designs, this truly is a must-have companion for any cosplay fan.…

10 min.
the origins of cosplay & the fantasy of role play

In bright colours and outlandish styles, they don’t look as if they’re from this world. But here they are, posing at fan conventions, competing in costume contests or shooting pictures at the local park. These people are cosplayers, people who dedicate hours to selecting, organising, constructing and getting in character for elaborate fantasy outfits. Sometimes you can recognize a cosplayer’s costume as emulating a character from a film, television show or book. But not always: some cosplays are custom designs inspired by a fictional place or time far in the past or future, or even fantasy personas – like fairies, cyberpunks or even real or mythical animals. “I view cosplaying as showing an appreciation of some aspect of a character,” says cosplayer Adam Burakowski, who also goes by the name of Dr_Teng,…

10 min.
11 cosplay questions you were too afraid to ask

Anyone who has attended conventions over the last few years will no doubt have noticed a gradual change. Time was you’d see a few Judge Dredds and Wonder Women posing for the odd photo, but they were very much in the minority. Now, any convention worth its salt has dedicated cosplay zones, talks from leading cosplayers and high-production masquerades to crown the best costumed performer of the event. Cosplay has gone almost mainstream, even if it can still baffle some people. The term ‘cosplay’ (a contraction of ‘costume’ and ‘play’) was first coined by Nobuyuki Takahashi in 1984, but as we’ve mentioned, cosplay existed long before there was a specific name for it. It didn’t start in Japan either, contrary to popular belief. As early as 1908, people were dressing up…

7 min.
incredible anime & magical manga

American fans were cosplaying their favourite characters some 40 years before the hobby found its way to Japan. However, outsiders often mistakenly believe cosplay to be of Japanese origins. One reason is that, although Japan didn’t invent cosplay, it did invent the term for it. Fan and writer Nobuyuki Takahashi coined the word “cosplay” in his Japanese-language magazine to explain the combination of costuming and play-acting. Another reason is that Japanese fans adopted “costume play” with equal enthusiasm to their American counterparts around the 1980s. Just as American fans were cosplaying as characters from the TV shows, films and comics they enjoyed most, Japanese geeks began imitating characters from some of their preferred media – anime and manga. Anime, a Japanese word derived from the English “animation”, is a heavily stylised and distinctly…

7 min.
comic book capers & sci-fi fantasies

Heroes and villains. The Avengers and X-Men. Star Wars and Star Trek. Cosplay that takes its cues from science fiction is some of the hobby’s most recognisable, but also some of the most out-of-this-world. If cosplay as a whole is about escaping yourself, sci-fi cosplay is also about escaping the bounds of the universe. It’s no coincidence that the first TV show about cosplay aired on the SyFy channel. Heroes Of Cosplay fitted in seamlessly between shows like Stargate Atlantis and Battlestar Galactica. After all, who’s to say that the fantasy world of cosplay is any less surreal than an interstellar drama? Your best bet for catching a glimpse of sci-fi styles in person is at fandom conventions. The earliest conventions centred around science fiction and comic books, since these are some…

8 min.
video game heroes & heroines

Dressing up as a butt-kicking hero or heroine is the ultimate power fantasy. It’s no wonder that cosplay inspired by video games is incredibly popular. Cosplayers have tackled building replicas of characters from nostalgic arcade classics, brutal first-person shooters and even epic role-playing games. Video game heroes have dynamic back-stories, motivations and goals – designed to keep a gamer’s attention over the course of many hours. And after spending so much time playing a particular role in a game, some cosplayers want to continue to explore that character’s persona in real life as well as on the screen. Renee Michelle Gloger is one such cosplayer. She spent hours playing through the Mass Effect series of video games, a role-playing firstperson shooter in which a gamer will encounter friends and foes from a…